They say that it would take over 60 years to cover the Hermitage if you spent 5 seconds looking at every item on display and that’s not counting the 95% of items not on display !! Or something like that !!
I cannot compete with the wonderful range of books that catalogue and photograph the various exhibits – not to mention the extraordinary surroundings in which they are housed. The parquet floors for example are mind-blowing in their detail and craftsmanship. Have just had to buy a new suitcase to carry my new library home !! Anyway a brief selection.
Then onto Peter the Great’s original Winter Palace – a wooden and stone structure on the banks of the Neva, next door to its somewhat larger edifice. It is currently being excavated and restored.
A view across the Neva and a blustery bride……